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Why Content Curation Is Disruptive and A Very Powerful Tool Done Right

Why Content Curation Is Disruptive and A Very Powerful Tool Done Right | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
janlgordon's insight:

This thought-provoking piece was written by Marty Smith who is one of our top scoopers here who knows what he's talking about when it comes to curation and why it is disruptive in this marketplace.


Marty gives you some great tips on how to use Scoopit to evaluate what works and what doesn't with your audience and more....


Marty Smith:




"When everyone is doing something as complicated as content marketing quality goes down. My ratios used to be about 50% curation to 50% creation. we can afford to lower creation now for two reasons:


  • An archive of almost a million words published across 4 blogs.
  • With so many people creating so much POOR content, creating LESS and making it BETTER is disruptive.
  • This “less and better” is  Curatti’s Editors of Chaos mission.


Snippet Curation with a powerful tool like Scoop.it moves your Internet marketing away from the pack. The pack is creating content faster and faster without a full understanding of what works


Most content marketers add NOISE in the hope screaming louder will make content stand out. It never does.


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BSN's curator insight, November 13, 2013 1:00 PM

Content Marketing Tips

Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 14, 2013 12:59 PM

I've said this before, and will repeat...Contet Curation is not just for the Marketeers. I think it is as yet a vastly untapped skill/resource/process for Enterprise information professionals (IM/KM) in delivering themed, value--added and decision-ready content for their internal customers. #kmers #curation

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49 Ways to Gain Trust and Loyalty From Your Audience

49 Ways to Gain Trust and Loyalty From Your Audience | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Henneke Duistermaat, guest blogger for Copyblogger. I selected it because trust and loyalty are the two ingredients you need to build and keep your following. It isn't that difficult to attain if you follow these suggestions.

 

Determine what you want to be known for, then start building your reputation from there.

 

Here are a few highlights:

 

Three key elements to developing trust with your online audience:

 

** Build authority by creating and sharing useful content

 

**Develop relationships with your audience by showing you genuinely care

 

**Underscore your credibility with a professional website

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

"Knowledge and competence is great but the combination of both encourages people to trust you and increases your powers of enchantment" Guy Kawasaki

 

**What knowledge can you share?

 

**What are your siills

 

**How can you share your experience to help others?

 

Here are a few ways to build authority

 

**Be on a mission - what do you want to achieve and why?

 

**Be different - develop your own voice

 

**Be a storyteller - stand for something

 

**Be helpful - Create and share content that solves your readers' problems

 

**Build a tribe - Your followers will spread your ideas for you

 

Don't focus on yourself

 

**Be sincerely interested

 

**Be yourself

 

**Build relationships by asking questions, saying thank you

 

**Show your personality - be transparent, humble, generous

 

**Understand the culture of a platform before you jump in

 

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Is Content Curation the New Community Builder?

Is Content Curation the New Community Builder? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.


I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of  machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.


Here are some highlights:


Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.


**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”


The author says and I agree with him:



**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".


There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:


**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.


**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC


**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them


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Alessio Manca's comment, May 23, 2012 4:36 AM
What a truth! TY!!
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82% B2B Marketers Use Curation - Find Out Which Methods Work Best

82% B2B Marketers Use Curation - Find Out Which Methods Work Best | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

By Pawan Deshpande, CEO, HiveFire.  "Last year my company, HiveFire Inc., shared the results from our B2B Marketing Trends survey".


Here's what they found and found:


**82 percent are incorporating content curation


Click through to this recent post titled “Content May Be King” for more content curation definitions and trends.)


**The fact that this represents a notable increase (up from 48 percent) from the Content Curation Adoption survey that we issued earlier that year sent a strong message that curation is gaining favor amongst marketers.


For our Curation Habits Report, we analyzed over one million articles curated by our customers to identify:


which curation methods drive the highest engagement rates and identified some interesting trends.


Here are a few things they found:


Original Content vs. Third-Party Content


On average, approximately 87 percent of curated content are third-party articles and 13 percent are original content.


**Additionally, on sites where there is a mix of original and third-party content


**original content receives approximately 17 percent more click-thru activity 


**Curated sites that have between 16-30 percent original generate the most pageviews.


Capturing Reader Attention


Throughout the analysis, it became clear that there are several ways that curators can draw attention to their content.


**For starters, articles that included a picture generated 47 percent more click-thru activity than articles without. 


Medium snippets (between 141 and 1,200 characters) generate 20 percent more click-thru activity than small snippets (140 characters or less) for any given curated site.


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58 Surfire Ways to Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love

58 Surfire Ways to Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post by copyblogger because this is one of those pieces you can read once but it really comes to life when you're writing that article, blog post, curating someone elses piece. There are so many valuable insights and suggestions, it's definitely worth reading and keeping for those days when you need creative inspiration.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


*GREAT CURATORS Understand your readers. Know their fears, dreams, and desires. How can you engage with someone you don’t understand?


**Don’t write for a large audience. Choose one person, picture him, and write to him as if he’s a friend.


**Use a conversational tone of voice. Nobody wants to chat with a company.


**Be engaging. Using the word you is the most powerful way to be more engaging.


Be remarkable. So much content is out there, how can you stand out?


**GREAT Creation or Curation comes from CONTEXT Disclose your point of view, tell your personal story, and develop your own voice.


**If your readers feel they know you, they will connect with you.


**Use familiar language. Check Twitter, Facebook or Google’s Keyword Tool – and find the wording your readers use.


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/HQj1vl]

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Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free

Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I’m sure a lot of you guys have looked into curation software available ...

Obviously with the radically different price points they all do different things, but here’s the gist – a whole lot of this you can do for free.


Step OneDefine your Parameters

Define your parameters by where you want the goods to go. Make sure everything is accessible from the beginning so you can leverage your curated content efficiently from the start.


Step TwoChoose your Weapons

e.g. Timely.is; G+ and FB


Step ThreeBe Intentional with your Schedule

I can’t speak to your industry/niche but I can tell you that when I do my curation at somewhere between 6 and 8am EST I find a goldmine of posts that are brand-flipping-new


Step FourBe Crazy Time Sensitive

I make sure to only curate content that is timely [less than 1% of the time curate something more than 24 hours old]

Open up a google search and type in “content marketing” at the beginning of my day, and set it to the last 24 hours.


Step FiveBe Consistent

As long as you are curating the same general stuff over and over it will work for you.


Notice: Steps 1-5 are all about the setup or protocol. Steps 6-9 are the actual daily work.


Step SixPrepare for Battle

Open windows to the following places:

Google search
Timely.is
WP dashboard to my curation site
Google +
Facebook
Twitter
I also have a Word document open


Step SevenGet Rolling

e.g. search for the term “content marketing” in the last 24 hours as shown above; grab 5 or 6 posts that are relevant and make tweets about them and put them on timely/buffer/scoopit


Step EightNatural Overflow

Doing twitter first thing after curation is great, if you have the time.

20-30 minutes after you have your automated posts in place to interact with your feed, clean out the spam tweeps, follow back the real people, etc.


Step NineUse what you Learn

Use your curation is as the basis for your own blogs

Not regurgitation, but rather letting your new-found knowledge fuel your next post. Or, add to the list of blog ideas you have on a running list somewhere.


Setting aside this 45 minutes a day to get the most relevant pieces of content your industry has to offer can not only fill your feeds, but it can also fuel your entire day. And it should, because you should be talking about the latest things in your industry.


Great ideas by Amie Marse - http://bit.ly/HfET6B 


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Matmi's comment, April 5, 2012 8:16 AM
Some great tips. Would you also spend the time commenting on the curated posts? I know there are some who believe that it is a necessity and others who feel there is no need as you are merely helping others to filter the noise. I try to mix it up depending on time available.
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The Key Role Of Quality Curation in the Future of Media

The Key Role Of Quality Curation in the Future of Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

In his recent business trip to Australia, Edelman’s Steve Rubel discussed his thoughts on the future of the media with Yvonne Adele at Social Media Club Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

Here are some highlights from this article:

 

*** Content surplus as a bankable trend:

In an era of self-publication (for brands as well as individuals) and increased noise we’re all faced with the problem of too much content and not enough time. For media companies, scaling this information and providing value through quality curation is a great opportunity to solve this problem for the consumer.

 

Steve’s top tips for being a quality curator:

- Be knowledgeable and well read on your subject matter of choice;
- Save materials for later reading – it’s all an opportunity to be well informed and provide value to others;
- Focus on depth, not breadth. As Steve said, he knows a lot about a few things, and little about most things.

 

***People want to connect with the human element of a brand and those that work for the organisation.

 

***Journalists and media are now community managers. They have to see their role not only as a reporter/journalist/presenter – but as a brand ambassador who is able to acquire consumers and an build an audience through these channels.

 

***Steve’s top three emerging trends for media?

1) Building business models that incorporate curation;
2) Increased data mining and analytics about real-time engagement with media content;
3) The increased importance of facebook’s open graph.

 

Read full article http://j.mp/H17F45

 

Moreover, Steve Rubel also moderated a News Limited and Herald Sun panel on the future of journalism. 

If you have an hour to spare, I highly recommend checking out the full hour-long video discussion here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSRhDqeBtmg


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SXSW and The Curators Debate: The Curators and the Curated

A great curated story by Guillaume De Cugis of Scoop.it who has nicely synthesized the topics discussed yesterday at SXSW with Maria Popova (BrainPickings), David Carr (the New York Times), Mia Quagliarello (Flipboard) and Noah Brier (Percolate). Moderated by Max Linsky (longform.org). See also the sketchnote at : http://blog.fueledbycoffee.com/tagged/sxswcurate


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9 Reasons to Use Infographics as Part of Your Content Marketing

9 Reasons to Use Infographics as Part of Your Content Marketing | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is written by Jeff Bullas and I thought about putting it in my topic, content marketing but it occurred to me that infographics are one way to curate content so it's appropiate to post this here. I talk a lot about information overload   and this is one way to take data, and information put into a visually attractive format which makes it easier for your audience to comprehend complex ideas in a short amount of time.


Jeff says and we all know this to be true:


"We constantly are attempting to organise, collate and curate information that pours at at as from screens in a torrent. Consuming that data is like drinking from a fire hose".


In this article, Jeff gives us research that has proven infographics to be effective and well received by consumers, along with other reasons why they are something to consider for your content marketing campaign.


 Here are a few things that caught my attention:


**Recent research from Barbara M. Miller and associates discovered this about “Infographics”


**To summarize, text and images on their own are imperfect ways of communication information and data "combining text and graphics allows communicators to take advantage of each medium’s strengths and diminish each medium’s weaknesses.”


**Compelling and attractive


**Easily scanned and viewed

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**Shows an Expert understanding of a Subject


**Viral Capability


**Increase Traffic


**Benefits search engine optimization


**Brand Awareness


**Portable (embeddable)


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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Marketers Must Become Curators to Help Internet Users Who Are Drowning in Data

Marketers Must Become Curators to Help Internet Users Who Are Drowning in Data | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it


This piece was written by Jean-Paul De Clerck for Selligent. I selected it because it reconfirms what we already know as consumers of content and as content marketers trying to reach their audiences.  


Magnify's  "Digital Lifestyle" research shows that it's becoming more difficult for so-called professional web users to:


**cope with the stream of communication and


**to distinguish essential information from less important information.


A massive tidal wave in figures


**64% of the participants said that the information they receive had increased over 50% in comparison to the previous year


**Nearly 73% of the respondents described the information overload with superlative terms souch as a "roaring river" or a massive tital wave


It is simply becoming more difficult for people to filter information. And it's very important to realize that this is not caused by technology only, and that it will not be solved by technology.


**In their interactions with consumers and customers, companies have a responsibility to make it as easy and valuable as possible for people.


Here are some takeaways:


**Simplify your cross-channel messaging: improve and personalize your communication


**Marketers must ensure that their messages are targeted and synchronized.


**They should avoid overlapping communication and marketing fatigue. Read white paper 


**They should also let people choose their own communication channels more.


**Provide alternatives, because people will increasingly search for them in their quest for coping with information.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/x46IR4]


Curatti was founded to address this issue and much more. Please visit us at our fan page.

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Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I rescooped this from my topic Pinterest Watch, because I feel this infographic really gives you some insight into what's really happening on Pinterest and it's definitely something I want to bring to your attention.


If it makes sense, this site is a great mix in your marketing efforts. Niche sites, especially ones that are visual with less text are becoming more popular everyday and Pinterest is definitely leading the way. Take a quick look at what's happening.......


Intro:


"How fast is Pinterest growing? How many people work there? This infographic lays it out.


**Pinterest has emerged as the runaway social media hit of early 2012. You probably knew that already. But did you know the company just has 12 people? Or that 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women?


**Lemon.ly, a visual marketing firm, took a deep dive into the data to catalog Pinterest’s stunning rise and produced the infographic below.


**What’s clear is that with 10 million users, Pinterest has already made its mark in terms of web design influence, if nothing else.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

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Curators Key Requirement: Critical Thinking

Robin Good: Critical thinking is a key strategic skill needed by any serious professional curator. 

 

"Critical thinking provides the keys for our own intellectual independence..." and it helps to move away from "rashy conclusions, mystification and reluctance to question received wisdom, authority and tradition" while learning how to adopt "intellectual discipline" and a way to express clearly ideas while taking personal responsibility for them.

 

Key takeaways from this video:

 

  • Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with "evaluating information" as well as our own thought in a disciplined way.
     
  • Critical thinking is not just thinking a lot. To be an effective critical thinker you need to seek out and be guided by "knowledge" and "evidence" that fits with reality even if it refutes what the general consensus may want to believe.
     
  • Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves informed about a subject.
     
  • Critical thinkers do not take claims at face value but utilize scepticism and doubt to suspend judgement and objectively evaluate with facts the claims being made.
     
  • Critical thinkers should evaluate information on the basis of reasoning and not by relying on emotions as claims the factuality of a claim cannot be solely based on the level of emotion that accompanies them or the fact that they may be believed by certain groups.

 

Highly recommended for all curators. 9/10

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg 

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, February 21, 2012 11:56 PM
Thank you for sharing this video and the importance of critical thinking. It is so easy to get into the mindless consumption trap and making ourselves slow down, read, think, question, and seek is so important. It is all about the resisting the urge to click, but to hit the pause button and make yourself think
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, February 22, 2012 10:14 AM
Grazie come sempre, Robin! You always share valuable information and this video is a great source to reflect on the importance of critical thinking to refine thought processes when curating content. Content curation certainly requires and develops "better thinking".
Gregory Thackston's curator insight, March 17, 2013 4:54 PM

Critical thinking is a key component in addressing autonomous adversity and the need to collaborate in decision making.

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Are You Suffering From Information Overload? Here Are Some Solutions

Are You Suffering From Information Overload? Here Are Some Solutions | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is from the Infoengineering blog


I selected this article because it is a constant challenge for me as a content curator and I know all of you are dealing with this, some better than others. More to come on this subject in weeks to come.


Excerpt:


We're all experiencing this problem, there are some great suggestions to help you navigate all the noise.


"Information Overload is an increasing problem both in the workplace, and in life in general".


The Information Overload Age - This is when your mind is bombarded with images, sounds and sensations that overload the brain.


The root of the problem is that, although computer processing and memory is increasing all the time, the humans that must use the information are not getting any faster.


Effectively, the human mind acts as a bottleneck in the process.


There are some great suggestions on how to work with information overload effectively:


There are no simple solutions but here are some things you can do right now that will help you:


**Spending less time on gaining information that is nice to know and more time on things that we need to know now.


**Focusing on quality of information, rather than quantity.


**A short concise e-mail is more valuable than a long e-mail.Learning how to create better information (this is what Infogineering is about).


**Be direct in what you ask people, so that they can provide short precise answers.


**Single-tasking, and keeping the mind focused on one issue at a time.


****Spending parts of the day disconnected from interruptions (e.g. switch off e-mail, telephones, Web, etc.) so you can fully concentrate for a significant period of time on one thing.


My fellow curator and colleague, Beth Kanter has done a lot of work in this area, recently, she did a blog post and a review on a great book "The Information Diet"

http://www.bethkanter.org/info-diet/


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Why You Need To Curate Content and How To Be A Master At It

Why You Need To Curate Content and How To Be A Master At It | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it


This is a great piece by Heidi Cohen on why your marketing needs content curation and 12 attributes of a successful curation strategy.  This is one of the best articles I've seen on this topic in a very long time.


As I said, I've seen many pieces on curation but if you're like me, everytime I read about this, I always find something new or am reminded of ways I can polish what I'm doing.


Here are some of the highlights.........


Intro:


Why Your Marketing Needs Content Curation


At its core, content curation is like a great editor or blogger who brings his unique taste and understanding of his target audience to his selection of the best content for his readers.


**He provides context for the content so that it's more than a collection of information


3 Reasons your content marketing strategy needs content curation:


1. Offering your audience a combination of original and third party content provides a branded context for your work


2. Curating other people's content positions you and/or your organization as a tastemaker in your field


3. Creating sufficient content is a marketing and business challenge


12 Attributes of a successful content curation strategy:


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


 *Has defined measurable goals


As part of your content marketing strategy and by extension

your marketing plan, content curation needs objectives that

are associated with your business.


**Targets a specific audience


. *Content curation like other forms of content marketing requires

understanding your readers' marketing persona


** Involves a community


*As with any social media or content marketing, your

audience should be at the heart of your content efforts.


**Clay Shirky says it best:


"Curation comes up when people

realize that it isn't just about information seeking, it's also

about synchronizing a community"


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Joe Winpisinger's comment, January 26, 2013 11:31 PM
I see that you are making some of these into almost like blog posts too. Jan Gordon does the same thing. I think I am going to try it out...
Christian Forthomme's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:32 AM

Very good summary of what's needed in content curation. 

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58 Ways to Curate or Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love

58 Ways to Curate or Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post by copyblogger because this is one of those pieces you can read once but it really comes to life when you're writing that article, blog post, curating someone elses piece.


There are so many valuable insights and suggestions, it's definitely worth reading and keeping for those days when you need creative inspiration.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


*GREAT CURATORS Understand your readers. Know their fears, dreams, and desires. How can you engage with someone you don’t understand?


**Don’t write for a large audience. Choose one person, picture him, and write to him as if he’s a friend.


**Use a conversational tone of voice. Nobody wants to chat with a company.


**Be engaging. Using the word you is the most powerful way to be more engaging.


Be remarkable. So much content is out there, how can you stand out?


**GREAT Creation or Curation comes from CONTEXT Disclose your point of view, tell your personal story, and develop your own voice.


**If your readers feel they know you, they will connect with you.


**Use familiar language. Check Twitter, Facebook or Google’s Keyword Tool – and find the wording your readers use.


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5 Best Practices Every Content Curator Should Follow

5 Best Practices Every Content Curator Should Follow | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Steve Rosenbaum for Mashable because there are some excellent tips to make you a trusted source, build a loyal following and add value to the community.


I don't know about you but everytime I read a post about curation, I see something different, this one is from someone who knows what he's talking about.


Here are some highlights:


Be part of the content ecosystem


**What a curator should do is embrace content both as a marketer and an organizer


Follow a schedule


**No matter what and how much you post, 2 new links a day and one big post per week, that's a schedule


**Be consistent and post at the same time everyday so your readers will know when to expect new content


**consistency and regularity brings new users and helps you build a loyal fan base


Embrace multi platforms


**Put your work where your audience is, today you have to go to them (more about this in the article)


Engage and Participate


**Select only the best content - read everything before you hit the send button - you'll build trust by helping your readers find great content and information


**This is a great way to build relationships with bloggers and other curators (more on this in the article)


Share, Don't Steal


**Last but definitely not least, you must acknowledge the source, there are no exceptions


**When people choose to listen to you, it's because you've proven to separate the signal from the noise


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janlgordon's comment, April 29, 2012 6:06 PM
Hi John, It's funny, we can read these articles over and over but I always find something new each time I read them. How about you?
John van den Brink's comment, April 30, 2012 2:50 AM
Hi Jan, correct. Everytime I think "oh, I know already" But when I read the article I always find one or two things that I didn't knew already :)
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Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web

Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.

 

He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.

 

They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.

 

It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.

 

While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.

 

Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.

 

The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."

 

He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:

 

"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.

 

2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.

 

3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.

 

4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.

 

5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."

 

And he definitely has a point on all of these. 

 

Recommended. 7/10

 

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 18, 2012 1:14 AM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 18, 2012 1:16 AM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 20, 2012 1:30 AM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz

50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

In case you missed this article, I'm reposting it today because it's definitely worth your while if you're using content to build your business. Conversationagent not only gives you some great tips for creating compelling content but also shares examples of people who are doing a good job with each suggestion.


These ideas can be used for content curators as well - to create buzz and build an audience, providing "context" is what sets you apart from others - these tips are ways to accomplish that.


"Connecting ideas and people -- how talk can change our lives".


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


**. Make digestible bits of advice in micro-interactions gain big impact. Kellye Crane built a community for #soloPR practitioners off a Twitter chat filled with useful advice.


** Create a new list. People like to see where things stack against each other. By far, the most popular list is still the one Todd And created and AdAge took over.


** Give away secrets and tips to help others become more effective. Adam Singer is very generous in that regard.


** Teach something new or from a new perspective. Kathy Sierra has been able to do that on a topic that for many was considered not quite appealing

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** Inspire people to take action and change the world. Entrepreneur Chris Guilleabeau is a good example of that.


** Be opinionated about future trends. That's a trait that is best exemplified by Robert Scoble.


** Track and review future trends from behind the scenes. A good guide is Louis Gray.


**Create a conversation around a social object. That's what Hugh MacLeod does.


** Become the expert hub on a subject matter. The consistent "go to" person for branding is the team at Branding Strategy Insider.


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Barry Deutsch's comment, May 16, 2012 2:18 AM
Fully 1/3 of my business in executive search, speaking engagements, and consulting projects come directly from content curation and marketing.
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Part 1: Another Look At Content Curation - What it Entails & Why it's so Valuable

Part 1: Another Look At Content Curation - What it Entails & Why it's so Valuable | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Here's another article about content curation but is't definitely worthy of your time. It was written by Jonathan Crowe for Business2community.

 

In this two-part series, the author's  gives  an explanation of what content curation entails and how it can be a valuable tool in your content marketing strategy.

 

Summary:

 

The author covers a couple of misconceptions about curation and explains why curating third party content can help you become a trusted source and build your brand.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**Another way to think about content curation is comparing it to networking

 

**Members of an audience engage in a larger conversation by connecting them with the latest ideas and innovative leaders in their field

 

** it can also connect them — through comment fields, etc. — with each other.

 

My commentary:

 

**Some people ignore the comment section but this is a place where you can  monitor what your audience is thinking and feeling, while engaging in conversation with them

 

**Curation can generate internal value for your company, as well.

 

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John van den Brink's comment, March 29, 2012 3:18 PM
Jan, thank you for this scoop!
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Does B2B Content Curation Have Value Beyond Marketing?

Does B2B Content Curation Have Value Beyond Marketing? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece from the Curata blog because I thought it had great insights and reinforced some of the reasons why content curation is a very valuable tool to add to your content marketing strategy. 


Here are some highlights:


**Most B2B marketers likely would agree that the primary purpose for content marketing, and hence content curation, is its role in stimulating revenue.


**Like all other marketing activities, content curation aims to build a sales funnel, directly or indirectly.


Although it may be hard to measure, content curation also has value for other parts of the enterprise, typically taking the form of enhanced organizational efficiency.


Here are some of the ways:


**content curation improves collaboration between:

**content creators

**thought leaders

**product development,

**R&D,

**marketing

**content consumers

**potential customers   

**organization service

**support 

**sales

**product development staffs 

**channel partners 

**prospects and customers 


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Make Your Business the Go-To Resource by Curating Great Content

Make Your Business the Go-To Resource by Curating Great Content | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is from senseiblog. I selected it because it reaffirms the importance of using content curation as a part of your content marketing strategy.


Here are some highlights:


"Content doesn’t always have to be content from your organization, your clients just need to be able to access it through you. Let’s be honest, creating enough content to fulfill demand is a daunting task".


**Quality content is a sustainable competitive advantage


**the ultimate goal of your online presence should be to become a “Go To” source of information that your stakeholders log onto with increasing or sustainable frequency.


**Once achieved, the differentiation this status gives you becomes widespread generating respect, appreciation and business from both new and existing customers.


 **in the grand scheme of things, content curation is an essential part of carving out a position for your brand.


**The best strategy is to curate or create content that best meets the need of your stakeholders.


**What’s missing most of the time is the incentive to be social. What is the best incentive?


It is the ability to contribute in a meaningful way



**Great content starts conversations which leads to engagement and relationships.


**by adding context, some examples are links to other sources who provide more insight on the topic, expressing your viewpoint, asking questions, inviting others to comment and continue the dialogue.  


Content creation, content curation and the ability to give meaningful feedback on it effectiveness is a highly engaging way to involve hundreds, if not thousands of internal staff.


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Is Content Curation the New Community Builder?

Is Content Curation the New Community Builder? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.


I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of  machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.


Here are some highlights:


Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.


**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”


The author says and I agree with him:


**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".


There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:


**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.


**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC


**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them


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Alessio Manca's comment, May 23, 2012 4:36 AM
What a truth! TY!!
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7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information, The Web & its Impact on Our Lives

7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information, The Web & its Impact on Our Lives | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post from Maria Popova, who never fails to produce the best content and information on her blog brainpickings It's always thought provoking and challenging and today is no exception.


My commentary:


**The future is upon us and excelerating at a rapid pace, knowledge is power......


**These books suggested are timely and relevant and can be helpful to all of us who curate, create, consume and share content and information on the web.


**These books examine the networked society, the sharing of information and interpretation and its impact on our thinking, our minds and our future.


**How will the sharing economy impact collaboration and innovation


**How will you participate in all of this?


"From retrofuturist media prophecies to the cognitive consequences of mobile-everything".


Here's an intro which will tell you what you can expect from this article.


We’re deeply fascinated by the evolution of media and the sociocognitive adaptations that go along with it,


**but perhaps even more so by the intellectual debates surrounding this ever-swelling topic of increasing urgency and controversy.


The past year has been particularly prolific in varied takes on our shared digital future, contextualizing


**our current concerns in fascinating media history and exploring the potential consequences of our modern media diets.


Collected here are 7 of our favorite books investigating the subject from dramatically different yet equally important angles.


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janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2012 2:54 PM
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It does seem so indeed. That would be so nice to meet you in Maryland and have soft shell crabs, perhaps some day soon:-)
Tom George's comment, February 27, 2012 3:24 PM
That would be a good experience and we would certainly have a lot to talk about. I would like that.
janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2012 3:46 PM
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Perhaps sometime in the Spring, just got back from London, on my way to Los Angeles in a few weeks, squeezing launch prep in between. Yes, it would be nice we would indeed have lots to talk about:-)
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Here's A Content Marketing Plan That Delivers Results! [Infographic included]

Here's A Content Marketing Plan That Delivers Results! [Infographic included] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece was written by Chris Sietsema for convinceandconvert blog because the post plus the infographic lays out a very clear and concise plan to create your content marketing strategy.


**Whether you're creating or curating content, this is something I think is very useful. This is why I rescooped this from my content marketing, social media and beyond  topic.


Here are a few highlights from the article:


He compares selecting and producing content to what he calls "bricks" and "feathers".


Bricks are referred to as research reports


**are larger content productions such as research reports, events, white papers        .

    video series, mobile apps, etc


**have the potential to make a larger splash when executed and promoted correctly.


Feathers are comprised of simple text and photo content published via popular social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, etc.


**Less intensive than bricks from a production budget standpoint, feathers are created consistently to maintain an ongoing stream of communication between a brand and its audience.


The infographic shows you how to discern what content to use and illustrates the how, what, why and when to use it.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering, "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"


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Beth Kanter's comment, February 26, 2012 12:26 PM
I like this analogy/metaphor. It is easy and quick to make feathers from your bricks, but the bricks take time. Can a curated collection of feathers be made into a brick? :-)
janlgordon's comment, February 26, 2012 1:10 PM
Beth Kanter
I'm glad you liked the article! I love your question, I do think a curated collection of feathers around a particular theme can be turned into a brick. What comes to mind, if you're distilling the comments from the posts (feathers) it's possible that this could evolve into a (brick) research reports, white papers, the possibilities are endless:-)
Beth Kanter's comment, February 26, 2012 1:23 PM
What comes to mind is that a smashed brick is a lot of feathers .. and that you can lead them back to the brick ... for example, I work with some advocacy folks who have these huge bricks called policy papers. They could tweet key points w/links back to the papers on Twitter. Have them cued up for a month in advance .. as you say the techniques are endless .. What I found most helpful was the objectives and metrics ..
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Pinterest leads content curation boom

Pinterest leads content curation boom | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
This piece was written by Mia Pearson.for The Globe and Mail.

 

To say Pinterest is growing quickly is an understatement.

 

Brands have opportunity to capitalize on new sites that celebrate online content in a personal way and Pinterest leads content curation boom

 

Here are a few highlights:

  

**According to a report from Shareaholic, Pinterest now drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.

 

**It recently became the fastest website to attract more than 10 million unique monthly visitors.

 

**Time magazine named it one of the 50 best websites of 2011 and Techcrunch named it the best new startup of 2011.

 

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janlgordon's comment, February 10, 2012 6:05 PM
Shinya Sakemoto Thank you for this piece, I really appreciate it.